River Rites, 2011, 12 min

Ben Russell

Experimental, Films in Competition, Short Film

“Animists are people who recognize that the world is full of persons, some of whom are human, and that life is always lived in relationship with others.”—Graham Harvey, Animism

A trance dance water implosion, a newer line drawn between secular possession and religious phenomena. Filmed in one shot at a sacred site on the Upper Suriname River, the minor secrets of a Saramaccan animist everyday are revealed as time itself is undone. Rites are the new trypps; embodiment is our eternal everything.—Ben Russell

16mm, Video


Directed by Ben Russell


Showing:

Tuesday, March 27 8:15pm

Opening Night Screening

A selection of short films, featuring innovative new works in animation, documentary, experimental and independent cinema.

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)